What types of cancer are commonly found in adults?
Having your doctor tell you that lab results have detected cancer can be devastating. It can be a rollercoaster of emotions and a downward spiral from then on as you figure out which treatment option is the best and how you will be financing the medicines/treatments. No one wants to be in this distressing situation of having to deal with breast cancer or lung cancer, or have their loved ones go through it.
There has been a steady rise in cancer among adults. Over 200 different types of cancer have been detected. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, genetic mutations, stress, and weight gain can be some trigger points that cause cancer cells to grow exponentially.
Here are the top 2 common cancers in adults which you should know about
This is the most common type of cancer women have to deal with. It can affect men as well, but the chances of it are lower as compared to women. The positive news is that the fatality rate associated with breast cancer has begun to decline. This is because of mass awareness among people regarding breast cancer. Early detection, improved medical procedures and equipment have all aided this. Another important factor to consider is that some women may be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer if their mother or any other close female relative in the family has had breast cancer previously.
What to Look Out for
- A lump in the breast that may or may not be painful when touched.
- Change in appearance or size of the breast.
- Discharge or blood at the nipple.
- Dimpling or pitting of the skin – resembling an orange peel.
If you observe any of these changes, it is important to seek the advice of your doctor! You might be required to get a mammogram test conducted to help determine what is actually going on inside your breast(s). Whatever the case is, it’s better to be alert and self-check yourself regularly. Remember, ignoring the warning signs could lead to your death! Don't wait until it is too late to treat.
The second leading type of cancer is lung cancer. The number one cause of it is smoking. People all over have become avid smokers despite being aware of the relationship smoking has to this deadly disease. What is more concerning is that lung cancer may even affect those who do not smoke. Those exposed to "second-hand smoke,' can suffer similar harm to their lungs. and should try to avoid smoke whenever possible. Many often dismiss symptoms (listed below) as being part of the regular flu or a cold. This is a sometimes fatal mistake many people make, because it can be too late for any cure when lung cancer finally does get detected.
What to Look Out for
- Chest pain
- Recurring cough
- Bone pain
- Coughing up blood
- Sore throat